Exploring Sephora from a Male’s Perspective

For many years I have walked by Sephora without batting an eyelid. If I did ever walk in, I would feel out of place and a little awkward – because I felt that there was no need for me to be there. Yes, I knew that Sephora did carry men’s products such as cologne and lotions, but it never appealed to me as a male consumer. To be completely fair, the crowd of consumers within the store are mostly female, so I’m not surprised why many guys don’t go there. In all honesty, it’s a tad bit intimidating. Even if there are guys inside, there isn’t as much as you’d expect – either guys who know/or are well-educated about beauty and skin care, or boyfriends/husbands just sulking around while their girlfriend/wife picks out their own products.

Many guys are in the same boat as me though. We automatically think of Sephora as the destination for females and makeup, which is not entirely correct. Although Sephora predominantly caters to that niche, there are in fact many things that regular guys, like myself, can really benefit from. I decided to step out of my comfort zone a little while back and give this brand a chance to see if there was anything I could add to my skin care and (for the lack of a better term) beauty arsenal. Keep in mind that I have been getting into skin care and aesthetic maintenance over the past year, so I may have a bit of a head start in terms of comfort. I have to mention that it has also opened up my mind to interesting products and practices. But as a quick TL;DR: and from a completely unbiased perspective: it’s a little hard for a guy to waltz in and know what to pick out from Sephora.

So I’ve decided to make it a little easier for gents trying to work their way into shopping for beauty and skin care products. It’s really not as bad as you might think, it just takes some courage and willingness to try something new. I also know for a fact that most males can really benefit from taking this step. In fact, based on this study done in Sweden, men tend to improve self-confidence through taking care of themselves via skin care products and practices. I’ve compiled a list of a few products that can be used by any guy and can be picked up from Sephora, online or in store.

Bear in mind that these are recommendations of my own, but there is a large variety of other products that may suit you better.

 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Lip Balm & Scrub – Almond

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$8.00

Description:

  • A range of six lip balms with different ingredients to for different lip concerns
  • Coconut Lip Balm: Nurtures and soothes
    Rose Lip Balm: Nurtures and imparts shine
    Goji Lip Balm: Nurtures and protects
    Tangerine Lip Balm: Nurtures and Tones
    Almond Lip Balm: Nurtures and Moisturizes
    Honey Lip Scrub: Exfoliates and smooths

 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$25.00

Description:

  • A mud mask featuring zinc and copper to cleanse and purify the skin—aka your skin’s BFF when it needs a detox
  • Made with zinc, copper, and white clay, this mud mask cleanses and purifies pores, absorbs excess sebum, and reduces the appearance of blemishes without overdrying. Skin is left clean, matte, and soft after each use.

How to Use:

  • Use this over your entire face or as a spot treatment
  • Leave on skin until product dries
  • Rinse with warm water
  • Use two times per week

 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes – Charcoal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$10.00

Description:

  • A collection of cleansing wipes, each with different skin-refreshing benefits
  • Rinse free cleansing wipes removes dirt, oil, and other impurities from skin
  • Charcoal: Purifies and detoxifies skin, draws out impurities and pollutants like a magnet
  • Perfect to use post-work out to maintain clear and healthy skin

How to Use:

  • Gently wipe over face and eyes
  • No need to rinse

 

CLINIQUE Aloe Shave Gel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$22.00

Description:

  • This shaving gel instantly transforms into a rich lather
  • It softens and cushions even the heaviest beards for smooth, close shaves and contains aloe to help calm razor burn

How to Use:

  • Use daily after cleansing skin
  • Dampen beard area
  • Lather up a dab between palms and smooth over beard
  • Shave with a fresh, sharp blade following the direction of hair growth
  • Rinse blade frequently under hot, running tap water to avoid razor clogging
  • Rinse well and towel dry
  • Follow with your post-shave formula

 

ANTHONY Ingrown Hair Treatment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$39.00

Description:

  • Gel complex of glycolic, salicylic and phytic acids to remove dead skin, fight bacteria and frees hair before it becomes ingrown
  • Ultra-moisturizing and great for all skin types
  • Infused with willherb and lavender to soothe and calm the skin
  • For men and women

How to Use:

  • Apply generously after shaving and before bedtime on dry, cleansed skin
  • Upon initial application, you may experience a mild tingling sensation
  • Continue to use for one to four weeks or until skin is clear
  • Then use every other day for maintenance and to prevent a recurrence of the condition
  • Can be used daily.-Recommended for both men and women

 

JACK BLACK Beard Oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$28.00

Description:

  • A super-hydrating beard oil formulated with 100 percent essential oils that condition facial hair and nourish the skin underneath
  • Achieve a conditioned, healthy-looking beard and put an end to a flaky, itchy skin beneath with this exclusive blend of certified organic natural oils, potent antioxidants, and vitamins
  • Kalahari melon oil, vitamin E, brown algae, and carrot extract are powerful antioxidants that help protect skin against the damaging effects of free radicals and environmental pollutants
  • Marula oil, rich in fatty acids, offers fast-absorbing hydration while plum oil softens brittle and dry facial hair for added control and shine

How to Use:

  • To use, pump two to three drops of Beard Oil into your palm
  • Rub hands together and massage upward into facial hair, making contact with the skin underneath
  • To finish, groom beard downward with fingers or brush and style as usual
  • Reapply as needed

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to reach out! Best of luck guys!

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